A bureaucracy is an entity that should be under the control of the legislature but somehow it gains independence from that control and establishes itself as an authority, usually because of the lack of vigilance/integrity of the legislature or another branch of government (the Executive [order] or Judicial[incompetence]). Bureaucracies, like the rest of the government should be responsible to the people (through the ballot box) and the Constitution (the Supreme Law of the land), but without oversight/authority they become tyrannical, making the people responsible to them. “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The Council on Chiropractic Education is a bureaucracy controlled by another bureaucracy (state boards).

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  1. Claude Lessard 08/29/2016, 8:26 pm:


    Read August 10th, 2016! 😉

    • Joe Strauss 08/30/2016, 10:20 am:

      Read it? I wrote it! Twice! Old people tend to repeat themselves!!!! Although I think/hope the second time was better. I have 120 drafts ready to be published (including a quote of yours).I also have a file of thoughts to be put in the drafts file after editing, then to be published/posted after editing again.Sorry, no excuse.

      • LYLE W GRENZ, DC 08/31/2016, 11:00 am:

        With what would you replace the CCE. As a DC practicing in Portugal I am proud that our profession has a global standard of education that unifies us around the world. USA DCs need to appreciate what they have. I have been called into court 2x and ordered to close my office for practicing in Portugal. We have persisted for 30 years and now have our diplomas recognized by the Ministry of Education as a master’s degree and are getting our profession registered.

        • Joe Strauss 09/01/2016, 9:43 am:

          Dr. Grenz, welcome to the blog and thank you for your input and concerns. There is nothing wrong with having standards and testing to insure that chiropractors meet those standards. The issue is whether the standards are chiropractic and that the testing is to insure that chiropractors are qualified to meet those standards and that they are uniquely chiropractic. The objective of the CCE is to make chiropractors competent in meeting medical standards. There must be an objective standard that is not medical or there is no reason for the existence of chiropractic (something the medical profession has been claiming for over 100 years). Our schools are being coerced by the CCE to teach more and more medical standards and then justifying their (the CCE’s) existence by testing to demonstrate that chiropractors are meeting those standards. If chiropractic is not the practice of medicine, it must have a different objective and a means to evaluate that the graduates/practicing chiropractors are competent in meeting those standards. Do Portuguese chiropractors want to practice medicine? if not, what is the difference between what they want to do and the practice of medicine?

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